Every time I see them, I wince:
Three gigantic banners of Rams players inside the main entrance of the Dome at America's Center. They are another slap in the face, another reminder that when football season comes, we’ll have no team to root for.
The banners are huge. You can see them from the highway heading into town, sort of a "Welcome to St. Louis. Here's the ex who jilted us. We’re not over it yet.”
And that is bullshit. I’m over the Rams, their shady owner, C-rated coach and abysmal draft picks. Yet there are Chris Long, Aaron Donald and Robert Quinn in their familiar Rams jerseys, larger than life and visible every time I take I-70 into downtown.
If you've had the misfortune of having to see photos of an ex every once in awhile by accident, you know what I'm talking about, multiplied by five. Instead of a photo on Facebook, you're seeing the ex who nearly shattered our city blown up twenty times and slapped right on a downtown landmark.
A spokesman for the Dome at America’s Center (formerly the Edward Jones Dome) told me they hope to have the banners and other signage down in a couple of months. Months? Really? How hard is it to take down some (free?) advertisements?
I feel like this is a pep talk I would give a friend who's been dumped by a no-good lover. But I really mean it here. We are not an ailing city trying to get over the Rams; we’re over the Rams.
So, Dome staff, I say to you: Tear down the signage. Maybe even burn it. Make it an event at the Dome. I’d buy tickets to a Bonfire of the Ramities
— wouldn't you?
But whatever you do, do it quickly. The Rams dropped us. It's time we stood up and fully dropped them.